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Grower Champagne Case
Christophe Chartogne has inherited a tiny estate to the north west of Reims. Historically, Merfy and its fine hillsides of gravels and sands were important and the wines enjoyed an enviable reputation. However, the area was a battlefield during the First World War and the vineyards were largely obliterated. There’s a Commonwealth War Grave cemetery nearby and ploughing can still be risky business. This is a fabulous estate, meticulously cared for with wines fermented separately by grape variety and by terroir and with increasing use of oak. The wines are light, bone dry and deliciously fruity. Perfect aperitif Champagne.
Our Champagne buyer, Sarah Knowles MW, described this wine (quite rightly) as ‘stunning’. A Champion for the second successive year, as well as a Trophy winner at last year’s International Wine Challenge, this is an intense, precise and multilayered wine of incredible quality.
This great Champagne from the ever-conscientious Marc Hébrart is delicious, with a touch of preserved lemons on the light but complex nose and a long finish.
A fragrant, invigorating and racy non-vintage Champagne from vineyards around the premier cru village of Cuis renowned for its delicate, fruity wines underpinned by refreshing acidity. An elegant wine with great complexity, mellow sophistication and vibrant pin-prick bubbles.
Grand cru Champagne from the village of Bouzy made by a family with 200 years' experience cultivating the chalk of the Montagne de Reims. A pinot-chardonnay blend that is full-flavoured, distinguished and a pleasure to drink. The ‘12' refers to the base vintage.
This excellent, full-flavoured Champagne is made by Benoit Marguet in a style that is similar to Krug (to whom he sells some of his grapes). This rich, toasty style is broadly textured yet retains finesse and elegance. The number 13 refers to the base vintage.